Take a look at this review of SHIFTY from ReadPlus in Australia.
"...An engrossing and heart warming story; this book draws the reader in from the first page. Shifty tells his story in his own words, which are often humorous and heart-rending and he makes the characters in this tale come alive..."
Click on the ReadPlus link above to read the whole review.
I love that extra u in humorous and I love that the reviewer found humor in the book.
From ReadPlus's site:
"ReadPlus is a collection of selected books and films arranged under themes. This web site provides lists, reviews and resources for librarians, teachers and parents about books for young people aged 5 to 18."
And here is what the Australian cover of SHIFTY looks like.